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Massive Inter-party Applause as Nana Addo relegates Galamsey to History

Governments have come and gone, presidents and heads of state have come and gone, ministers responsible for lands and mineral resources have come and gone but none of these were able to stop galamsey or relegate it to the abyss of forgetfulness. Indeed Nana Addo has done what all the others could not do. The reason why this illegal mining could gain roots, thus becoming untouchable and unstoppable was that, influential people including top executives, politicians, chiefs and even top police and military officers, all had a stake in the galamsey by condoning, and conniving with young boys to do illegal mining for them.

Galamsey which was a crude form of the statement, “gather them and sell,” is an illegal mining activity by both young and old with the full support and connivance of big and influential men in the society. This illegal activity started long before Ghana gained its independence. Ghana happens to be the 10th leading producer of gold in the entire world and 2nd in Africa. This illegal mining activity became a blessing and a curse and this will be explained in detail in the article. The curse far outweighed the blessings due to health hazards, environmental degradation, the destruction of farm lands and the indiscriminate pollution of water bodies.

Mining itself is a major economic activity in many developing countries. In Ghana, small-scale mining was once a respected traditional vocation. In the late 80s, the government officially legalized small-scale mining. This decision brought to the fore some challenges, including the mechanism by which the government granted concession to peasants. The process was very cumbersome and slow, thus compelling many to mine illicitly. Galamsey began in earnest and boomed from regime to regime, only to intensify during Mahama’s regime. Since then galamsey became a source of livelihood for those who live near the legal mining communities. They were motivated to enter the illegal mining due to unemployment, poverty and increase in price of gold in the world market. As a result many people including the jobless have swarmed the mining areas to engage in galamsey. Even those whose cocoa trees could not yield much, have abandoned farming and joined the galamsey business.

Ghana is naturally well endowed with fresh water sources. The abundance of water sources was an envy of most countries that have no such water sources. Sadly enough, these illegal miners are busy polluting and destroying our enviable, fresh and drinkable water sources right under the very noses of governments, local authorities and concerned Ghanaians. Environmentalists and climate scientists have consistently warned the local population that if the destruction and pollution of the water sources persist, within the next 20 to 30 years, water will have to be imported from other countries. These shameless and illegal miners do not think or are even conscious of any precautionary measures to be taken to abate the nuisance. The mighty river Supong which runs in Asiakwa in the Eastern region is a pathetic example of continuous pollution. Supong River which once provided cool, clean and extremely refreshing water to drink has now turned smelly and yellowish. The river is now filled with mud, algae and weeds.

The situation became worse when the Chinese travelled to Ghana in their numbers and directed their journeys towards the gold mining areas in the Ashanti, Western and Eastern regions. Their presence was much felt during the rule of former president Mahama. Majority of them joined the illegal mining. Some of them were fronted and aided by Ghanaians to register small scale mining companies. Since they had a lot of money, they were able to pay the local chiefs for land to be released for their mining activities to begin. Even cocoa farms were sold to them to be destroyed for gold mining purposes. Heavy machines including excavators and tipper trucks were brought from China to help in their search for gold. Soon they began to destroy more farms and water bodies with cyanide and other dangerous products used to fish for the gold.

Concerned Ghanaians protested against the Chinese involvement in galamsey and small scale mining. The Chinese met the anger and protest of Ghanaians with force. So far not less than ten Ghanaians have been shot dead by the Chinese and not even a single Chinese was put before court. The gaping holes created by illegal mining have trapped and killed many children, women and farmers. Yet they are heavily protected by police and retired soldiers in military uniforms.

Small scale mining and not galamsey could have been an important source of livelihood for relatively low-income Ghanaians, as well as highly significant for the economy as a whole. Sadly enough, this area has been taking over by Chinese in contravention of the Mineral and Mining Act 206 and Act 703. These Acts outline clearly that small scale mining is strictly reserved for Ghanaians. If the law says so, why then do we allow Chinese citizens to enter and completely take over small-scale mining? The Chinese are smarter. They put Ghanaians in the fore-front to register the companies on their behalf.

The situation in the mining areas had gotten out of hand. Cocoa trees and other crops were being uprooted and destroyed by the Chinese to give way to galamsey and small-scale mining. The environment was being destroyed, water bodies were being polluted, gaping holes were being abandoned in the forest, abandoned holes have ensnared and killed many and the Chinese are gunning down and hacking people down at random. Several complaints and protests were launched by concerned Ghanaians for an effective leader and government to emerge to save the mining areas from illegal miners.

Happily in January 2017, a courageous leader, a visionary, a disciplined and an incorrupt man, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo was sworn in as the fifth president of Ghana. One Friday in

galamsey ‘queen’ Aisha Huang

Kumasi, few months after assuming power as a deputy Minister for lands and mineral resources, Madam Barbara Oteng Gyasi disclosed in Kumasi that the NPP government would soon apply force and technology to fight illegal miners and warned those involved to refrain  from the practice.

Her message fell on deaf ears. Military men and police officers were deployed to the mining areas and with the help of detective devices they were able to drive illegal miners away and all their excavators and other equipment were seized. A die-hard, stubborn Chinese woman named Aisha was arrested three times for illegal mining despite the government’s ban. She was released three times because she blackmailed the powers that be with tapes and videos she commissioned Chinese women to have sexual encounter with Ghanaian power brokers. After her startling revelations, she was arrested for the fourth and this arrest may probably be the last and she may either be imprisoned or repatriated to China.
Already majority of Ghanaians are applauding Nana Addo for his determination to relegate illegal mining into the abyss of forgetfulness and to ensure that small scale miners conform to the laws. The government has a great job on its hand to clean the polluted water bodies and to fill all the gaping holes to prevent further accidents.

By Stephen Atta Owusu

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MISS GHANA UK 2017 – AUDITIONS NOW OPEN!

It’s that time of the year again ladies! The search is on to crown the next Miss Ghana UK 2017. So if you think you’ve got what it takes to win the crown, then read on -> -> ->
DATE
 Sunday  4th June 2017
VENUE
Dance Studio
Woodhouse College
Woodhouse Road,
North Finchley
London
N12 9EY
How to get there
Driving use: N12 9EY
Tube: Piccadilly line to Bounds Green then bus 221 towards North Finchley or Edgware (stops outside college)
Tube: Northern Line to Finchley Central then bus 13, 460 to North Finchley then 5 mins walk or buses 134, 221
Buses: 134, 221(from outside Argos) stops outside the college
Buses that goes near college with short walk   13, 43, 125,263, 382,
British Rail: Great Northern to New Southgate then bus 221 towards North Finchley or Edgware (stops outside college)
TIME
 2.30pm sharp
ATTIRE
Blue Skinny Jeans, White vest top, Black heeled Sandals.
Please bring ID

PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL AND TOYOTA USA SIGN ON AS CO-PRESENTING SPONSORS OF THE 2017 PAN-AFRICAN WEEKEND NYC

The Pan-African Weekend to celebrate the best of the pan-African community with women’s forum, networking events, and formal awards gala

Prudential Financial Inc. and Toyota USA have signed on as co-presenting sponsors of the 2017 Pan-African Weekend produced by Face2face Africa.

In its 6th annual edition, the Pan-African Weekend is a multi-day event that highlights and celebrates the best of the pan-African community. The action-packed schedule includes the Pan-African Women Forum, the IAAPA Networking Mixer, and the closing Jazz Brunch.

The highlight of the weekend is the FACE List Awards, the most prestigious celebration of pan-African achievement in the Unites States, where pioneers and trailblazers of African descent are honored for their contributions and impact on society.

The Pan-Weekend Weekend has given us the unique opportunity to tell a new narrative on people of African descent in this country and around the world. We are proud to have Prudential returning for the second consecutive year as presenting sponsor, and we are thrilled that Toyota will be joining them this year as co-Presenting Sponsor.  Both companies have demonstrated their unyielding commitment to empowering and equipping members of our community with the tools and resources that we need to change our story”, said CEO of Face2face Africa Isaac. O. Babu-Boateng.

The 2017 Pan-African Weekend kicks off Thursday, July 13th, and concludes on Sunday, July 16th.

Speaking on the partnership with Face2face Africa, Dorinda Walker, Prudential Financial’s Vice President of Consumer Strategy and Key initiatives said:

Prudential’s ongoing sponsorship of Face2face Africa’s Pan-African Weekend is not just about discussing the type of financial services we provide. We’ve been able to share educational information with Pan-African community members on how to save, invest and reach their long-term financial goals. The attendees leave the Pan-African Weekend with Prudential top of mind, knowing that we are ready, willing, and able to work with them to achieve prosperity and peace of mind.

This year, Toyota USA has also joined the Pan-African Weekend as the official auto sponsor.

Toyota is proud to be a sponsor of Pan African Weekend, an event that celebrates the individuals in the Pan African community who are committed to transforming society,” said Mia Phillips, National Manager- Brand, Multicultural & Crossline Marketing Strategy.

For more information on the Pan-African Weekend, visit: panafricanweekend.com or contact info@f2fafrica.com.

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Ghanaian-British Entrepreneur Runs U.K.’s 1st African Fine-Dining Food Brand

While African cuisine may be extremely popular locally, it is yet to be appreciated globally in fine-dining. In addition, lovers of African cuisine often find it difficult to access real African food overseas.

It is this under-representation that motivated Adwoa Hagan-Mensah, a Ghanaian-born British entrepreneur, to incorporate real West African cuisine in to London’s food culture.

For Hagan-Mensah, who now owns East Jollof London (EJL), a highly successful luxury catering company in the U.K., her story is of turning passion into a profitable venture.

Her Beginnings

Samples of cuisines prepared by Eat Jollof London. Photo credit: Eat Jollof London

Speaking to Face2Face Africa in a recent interview, Hagan-Mensah explained that the idea to start a catering company came when she was in college in the U.K.

As a foreign student, Hagan-Mensah had to work hard to make ends meet since she needed money for her school fees and general upkeep.

So she decided to start cooking and delivering food to fellow students as a part-time job. Hagan-Mensah started with British cuisines but would occasionally throw in some West African staples for a change.

Eventually, she realized that students from other countries had a real appetite for West African dishes, and this gave her the courage and inspiration to start the first Ghanaian street food stall, Jollof Pot, in London.

“At university, I paid my rent cooking and delivering pre-packed West African dishes to students,” Hagan-Mensah says. “It was then I realized my passion was in West African food and catering, and [I] have never looked back.”

For Hagan-Mensah, her mother, who taught her how to cook at a tender age and continued to have her cook during school holidays, serves as her chief inspiration for West African dishes.

“To this day, I am unable to cook small for small numbers. She inspired me to be inventive with Ghanaian ingredients and she continues to be a huge inspiration to this day,” Hagan-Mensah adds.

Her Big Break

In 2012, Hagan-Mensah appeared on BBC2’s program “The Restaurant,” a popular British reality TV series where a group of couples compete for a chance to set up a restaurant financially

A waitress at Eat Jollof London. Photo credit: Eat Jollof London

backed and personally supported by French chef Raymond Blanc.

Jollof Pot, which she co-founded with her husband Lloyd Mensah 15 years ago, has since been renamed Spinach & Agushi and has street stands at Portobello Road in Notting Hill, Exmouth Market in Farringdon, and Broadway Market in Hackney.

All these outlets operate under the umbrella company Eat Jollof London, which specializes in corporate events and weddings.

By offering luxury catering and fine-dining services, Hagan-Mensah is paving the way for West African cuisine to be given the Michelin star treatment it deserves.

Unique Cuisine

A chef preparing food at Eat Jollof London. Photo credit: Eat Jollof London

According to Hagan-Mensah, Eat Jollof London serves both the millions of Africans living in the U.K. as well as foreign clients who want to have a taste of real West African cuisine. A lot of her African clients want to enjoy the real food flavors they grew up with — albeit with a look and taste that is different from home cooking.

“Our chef spent a lot of time tweaking traditional dishes and adding the EJL flare to each dish. [The] presentation of each dish is also a very important aspect of what we do,” says Hagan-Mensah.

Among the many unique West African dishes that EJL prepares, jollof rice is the most popular, with Hagan-Mensah revealing that they had to bring in chefs from several West African countries, including Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, the Gambia, and the Ivory Coast, to help reinvent the dish.

Hagan-Mensah is currently considering opening branches in Ghana and Nigeria. She has also established the Ghana Super Club, a bimonthly dinner, to taste traditional Ghanaian flavors in Kent.

Article via Face2FaceAfrica

KINGSBY LONDON LTD PARTNERS WITH GUBA AWARDS

Renowned gold merchants – Kingsby London Ltd are category sponsors of the 6th annual GUBA Awards, taking place on Saturday 3rd of June 2017, at the Intercontinental Hotel, o2, London. Kingsby London will be sponsoring the GUBA Professional of the Year award.

Kingsby London Ltd is an independent bullion dealer that operates outside the banking system. By offering gold ingots in smaller units, their aim is to make investment grade gold affordable and accessible to the wider public. Their ingots range from 1 gram to 100 gram in size and are presented in an enclosed security case that can be instantly authenticated by downloading the CertiEye application on your smartphone.

Each ingot case is printed with a unique serial number issued by The Assay Office London; matching the number imprinted in the bullion bar to act as a certificate. Their business partnership with the Assay Office London also means that every ingot carries the world renowned ‘Leopard’s head’ hallmark also historically known as the ‘Kings Mark’. Kingsby Bars will be available to purchase online from June.

Kingsby London Ltd also offers fine jewellery under the trading name – Kingsby Diamonds. With variations of silver, platinum, white, yellow and rose gold, customers are able to customise their engagement and wedding rings to reflect their personal taste, style and budget. Each Kingsby diamond is independently certified by the leading international gemmological laboratories.

Speaking on the sponsorship, Managing Director of Kingsby London Ltd, Maximus Afriyie-Barwuah states:  “GUBA Awards celebrates excellence and promotes personal and collective growth. As an aspirational luxury brand that shares these common values we are proud to be a sponsor. We continue to bridge the gap between Africa and the International Community and endeavour to create added value in our activities. GUBA is an ideal partner in facilitating these objectives.’’

CEO of GUBA Enterprise Dentaa Amoateng MBE adds: “GUBA Awards is pleased to have Kingsby London. Kingsby London’s unique investment grade bars is a wonderful addition to the GUBA 2017 Awards.”

Kingsby Diamonds ensures their diamonds are sourced ethically from reputable suppliers in line with the Kimberley process treaty established in 2003 to stem the flow of conflict diamonds. To find out more about investing in gold bullion bars visit www.kingsbylondon.com . For customised engagement and wedding rings go to www.kingsbydiamonds.com.

GUBA 2017 Awards promises to be an elegant and entertaining evening. Tickets are currently available at www.gubaawards.co.uk/ticket

Technical Education Key To Country’s Future…

Nana Akufo-Addo tells student audience that country must invest in education to prosper

Technical higher education will be one of the driving forces in Ghana’s industrial revolution, according to the nation’s president.

In a recent speech to students at Ho Technical University, Nana Akufo-Addo told them the country’s goals will be achieved through the work that goes on in institutions such as theirs.

“If the ambitions we have for this country are going to come into fruition, a great deal of it depends on what is going to happen in places like this,” he said. “You are going to be at the centre of the industrial revolution of our country.”

Mr Akufo-Addo, who was speaking as part of a two-day working visit to Ghana’s Volta Region, said that his government was prioritising education – particularly technical provision – to improve the economy, the government of Ghana’s website reported.

Ghana would continue to be poor if it maintained its position as a nation reliant on the production of raw materials, he warned.

At the same event, GhanaWeb reported him as saying that countries formerly similar to Ghana were now “places of prosperity and development” as a result of committing “a lot of resources” to developing their education systems, with “technical and scientific” provision at the forefront.

“[Technical education] is the key to our future,” Mr Akufo-Addo said. “Whatever we can do to support your development, to make it relatively easy for you to study hard and to get the information to be able to contribute to the progress and development of the country, the Akufo-Addo administration is going to do exactly that.”

john.elmes@timeshighereducation.com

Source: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/ghana-president-technical-education-key-countrys-future#survey-answer

CALL TO ALL VENDORS – opportunity to showcase your ‘made in Ghana’ products

Are you an entrepreneur creating amazing “made in Ghana” products? Want the opportunity to showcase those products to a large audience?? Then read on -> -> ->


Dziffa.com, an online marketplace for African goods enthusiasts all over the world  invites you to join them at GHANA NIE, a local goods fair and outlet for producers of local food, clothing, homeware and natural beauty products to expand their reach, and introduce customers to quality goods. GHANA NIE will take place at the Impact Hub in Accra on Saturday 24th June.

Interested in selling your products at GHANA NIE? Then register here: www.bit.ly/ghananie-reg

DR PAPA KWESI NDUOM IS RECIPIENT OF GUBA 2017 EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS AWARD

Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, Chairperson of Groupe Nduom and prolific Ghanaian businessman will be honoured with the GUBA 2017 Black Star Award for Excellence In Business at the Intercontinental Hotel in London on Saturday the 3rd of June 2017. The Excellence in Business award sponsored by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, recognises leading outstanding businesses that best demonstrate exceptional financial returns, strong growth, innovative strategies, and market leadership in their sector.

The GUBA Awards, now in their sixth year, seek to celebrate exceptional talent and commitment to advancement within the Ghanaian and British community. The prestigious ‘GUBA Black Star Award’ will be awarded to thirteen outstanding members of the Ghanaian, UK and African community, honouring them for their consistency, dedication to excellence and longstanding contributions to society.

 A product of Elmina, Central Region of Ghana, Dr Nduom is an esteemed academic who holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics, a Master of Science Degree in Management and a Doctorate Degree in Service Delivery Systems, in addition to other qualifications. He joined Deloitte & Touche in 1981 and became a partner in Milwaukee, USA in 1986.    He became the Chairman of the Board of Deloitte & Touche Africa Region in 2000. Co-owner of Groupe Nduom (an international conglomerate with close to 60 companies in countries across Africa, the UK and the United States), Dr Nduom has an impeccable record as an economist & management analyst. 

Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom has also made a considerable mark in Ghanaian politics. He has been elected an Assembly Member and also a Member of Parliament.  He has been a three-time presidential candidate.  Dr Nduom has also had the privilege of serving as minister of state for Economic Planning, Energy and Public Sector Reform between 2001 and 2007.

The GUBA Black Star award is in recognition of Dr Nduom’s exceptional business acumen in establishing and sustaining various successful ventures across numerous sectors. Tickets for the award can be purchased at www.gubaawards.co.uk/ticket/

Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka of Kantanka is the recipient of the GUBA Innovative Pioneer Award

Apostle and Founder of Ghana’s first car manufacturing company – Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka, will be honoured with the Innovative Pioneer Award on Saturday the 3rd of June, 2017 at the InterContinental Hotel, o2, London.

The Innovative Pioneer award recognises those who have made significant contributions to African society through inventions, manufacturing and production, to the benefit of Africa’s social, economic and international standing. Dr Kantanka’s revolutionary invention and its bid to develop Ghana’s business industries places him next to thirteen other innovators who are recipients of the coveted GUBA Black Star Awards.

Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka founded Kantanka Automobile Company Limited, following the manufacture of his first car, Kantanka Saloon in 1998. Realising the potential and gap in the Ghanaian automotive industry, he expanded and released the Kantanka Onantefo I and Onantefo II in 2007. Today, he has built a semi-automated vehicle assembly facility with a monthly capacity of 120 cars.

A successful engineer and inventor, Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka is the also the founder of Christ Reformed Church in Ghana. The church opened its doors in 1971 after starting out as a prayer group in 1969. It now has over 140 branches across Ghana with its core fundamentals – to care for the needy. Christ Reformed Church also encourages members to volunteer within agriculture and to regularly visit those in hospitals, prisons and orphanages.

The GUBA Innovative Pioneer Award will be presented to Dr Kantanka for successfully designing and creating the first vehicle manufactured in Ghana, at a standard that rivals competition within the automobile industry.

The prestigious GUBA awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of influential and inspirational members of the Ghanaian community. The star-studded event will be full of glamour, entertainment and motivation. For tickets to the GUBA 2017 awards, visit www.gubaawards.co.uk/ticket

GUBA 2017 is sponsored by – Title Sponsor: ECOM Ghana. Category Sponsors: uniBank Ghana, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Imperial Homes, ABN TV and Radio. CEO Dinner Sponsor: PayAngel.

Media Partners: ROK TV, VOX Africa TV, Starr Radio UK, Hot Digital Online FM, Rising Africa, Afropulp Magazine, The Voice Newspaper, Glam Africa, ABN TV and Radio, GHOne TV, Starr FM, OK FM, Peace FM, Adom TV, UTV, Hot Digital Online FM, Ahomka FM, FAB Photography, AKLASS photography, SWAG of Africa, Screen Nation, Inspirational You,

Partners: Final Effects Studios, NAS Studios, Anita Erskine Media, Precise Marketing, E-Volution International, Plant It Events and MakeUp Ghana. Material Sponsors: Vlisco, Kente Queen. Outfit sponsors: A-COTE Collections, Jay Renkyi. Travel Sponsor: Faze 2 Services

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For further information please contact: 

Claudia Andrews

Email: claudia@gubaawards.co.uk